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Is Derek Ryan to the Calgary Flames Inevitable?

Is Derek Ryan to the Calgary Flames Inevitable?

Ryan spent his first two NHL seasons under Peters When a coach or general manager joins a new team, often a few players from their previous tenures end up following. We’ve seen some of that with players like Mike Smith and Michael Stone being brought in to Calgary last year. So with Bill Peters coming to the Calgary Flames, is it inevitable that a Hurricane or two follows him? I think that answer is yes, and that player is Derek Ryan. Ryan would provide an immediate boost to the Flames bottom six as a right handed shooting centre who can win faceoffs, play well defensively, and also put...
2017-18 Player Report Card: David Rittich

2017-18 Player Report Card: David Rittich

Rittich spent most of the season as the backup to Mike Smith David Rittich: Goalie NHL Stats: 8-6-3, .904 SV%, 2.92 GAA AHL Stats: 7-5-0, .889 SV%, 3.18 GAA Our Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (C) David Rittich’s season was the tale of 2 seasons: David Rittich the backup and David Rittich the starter. I’m all for David Rittich the backup. David Rittich the starter.....not so much. Rittich was solid as Mike Smith’s backup, getting spot duty after Eddie Lack was sent packing. Where he struggled was in the starter’s role when Mike Smith was hurt. He went 2-6-1 in his last 9 starts,...
2017-18 Player Report Card: Jon Gillies

2017-18 Player Report Card: Jon Gillies

Gillies got a decent sampling of NHL action this year Jon Gillies: Goaltender NHL Stats: 3-5-1, 0.896 SV%, 2.88 GAA AHL Stats: 17-16-3, 0.917 SV%, 2.53 GAA Our Individual Grades MarkParkinson14: (C) Gillies was hard to figure out this season, but he did have some time to show his wares and the results were.....average. Some nights he looked really good and other nights he looked like he needed more seasoning. Mike Smith’s injury allowed Gillies the chance to get some ice time and I’m not sure he made the most out of it. He tends to look uncomfortable early in games, but he settles in...

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